Research Participants

Information for Research Participants

Thousands of studies are conducted at UM and JMH, many of which have led to important results that help us lead healthier and better lives. We are responsible by federal law for ensuring the protection of the rights, welfare, and well-being of participants involved in these studies. One way this is accomplished is by having all research studies reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). This group of people often includes behavioral and social scientists, social workers, other professionals, and people from the local community, all working together to make sure that the study is well planned and ethical. Research studies cannot be started until the IRB has approved the study. Every Research Participant has the following rights:

  • To be treated with respect, including respect for your decision whether or not you wish to enroll in, continue in, or stop being in a study.
  • To choose to stop being in a study at any time.
  • To be given time to read the consent form and have the research study explained to you
  • To be given time to ask questions, and to be told whom you can contact if you have any more questions.
  • To be given a copy of the consent form after you have signed it.

Helpful Documents

OHRP Brochure – Becoming a Research Volunteer: It’s Your Decision
CISCRP Brochure – What Is a Clincial Trial?
CISCRP Brochure – African Americans and Clinical Research
CISCRP Brochure – Children and Clinical Studies
CISCRP Brochure – What is a Placebo Controlled Trial?

Folleto de OHRP – Ser Voluntario en Estudios Clinicos: Es Su Decision
Folleto de CISCRP – Los Hispanos y la Investigacion Clinica
Folleto de CISCRP – Sus Hijos y las Investigaciones Clinicas
Folleto de CISCRP – Cual es un Ensayo Clinico Controlado por Placebo?

Links of Interest:
An introduction to clinical trials. In addition, you may search for registered clinical trials. provides information about the trial’s purpose, participation, location, and contact information.
Information for children from the FDA website.
A resource on child assent.
A listing of questions a potential research participant may want to ask prior to joining a study.
patientINFORM is a free online service that provides patients and their caregivers access to some of the most up-to-date, reliable and important research available about the diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.
Provides basic information to potential Research Subjects to assist them in making decisions about whether to participate in research studies.